This year’s festival opened with a hectic schedule of masterclasses, music and tastings.
Islay Festival 2017: Jura & Kilchoman
Despite the rain there was a real festival atmosphere at both Jura and Kilchoman distilleries on the sixth day of Fèis Ìle 2017. The incessant downpours failed to deter festival go-ers who descended on the island distilleries to drink, dance and pick up their own limited edition festival bottlings.
At Jura, Whyte & Mackay whisky maker Gregg Glass introduced visitors to the 2017 Tastival bottling, a no-age-statement matured in first-fill American oak with a ruby Port and further American oak finish.
Meanwhile, George Wills, sales and marketing manager at Kilchoman, met with Scotchwhisky.com editor Becky Paskin to discuss the Islay farm distillery’s bottling, a vatting of two 100% Islay casks – one an ex-Bourbon barrel and the other an ex-oloroso Sherry butt.
Festivals and events 29 May 2017
With party vibes aplenty, Bruichladdich offered oysters and no fewer than seven drams for revellers.
Festivals and events 30 May 2017
Time to implement Plan B at secluded Caol Ila as the rains sweep in across Islay.
Festivals and events 31 May 2017
Whisky tasting bingo, future planning and a sense of calm as the festival hits Laphroaig.